Title Description Posted Date
Mali: UN seeks continued support for pea New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): Calling for continued cooperation with regional organizations to support Mali's steady efforts towards peace and stability through inclusive talks, a senior United Nations official on Wednesday told the UN Security Council that despite progress, the security situation in the country's restive north remains "very fragile" with increased activity by terrorist groups. 24-Apr-2014
UN reaffirms support to peacebuilding in New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): The top United Nations envoy in Somalia on Wednesday called on the country's international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants. 24-Apr-2014
DR Congo: UN pledges support to upcoming New York, Apr 24 (IBNS): The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will provide technical and logistical support for upcoming elections, the top UN official in the country on Wednesday confirmed, stressing that the planning for the polls must be well organized and well-funded. 24-Apr-2014
South Korean ferry mishap: Death toll cr Seoul, Apr 23 (IBNS): The death toll from the ferry mishap in South Korea has touched more than 150 people media reports said on Wednesday. 23-Apr-2014
UNESCO denounces killing of journalist i New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has denounced the killing of journalist Rubylita Garcia and called on authorities in the Philippines to investigate the case. 23-Apr-2014
UN urges respect for rights of persons w New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, including the right to take risks and make mistakes, a United Nations committee has stressed in new guidelines. 23-Apr-2014
Somalia: UN condemns murder of second la New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): Following the murder earlier on Tuesday of Somali parliamentarian Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal - the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu - the top United Nations official in the country strongly condemned the incident and pledged the world body's resolve in standing by the Somali people as they worked to build a stable, peaceful country. 23-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN concerned over surging v New York, Apr 23 (IBNS): Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday that the surging violence is exacerbating an already "very dangerous" malnutrition crisis. 23-Apr-2014
UN condemns murder of Somali parliamenta New York, Apr 22 (IBNS): The top United Nations envoy in Somalia on Monday condemned the murder of parliamentarian Isaak Mohamed Rino and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice. 22-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN condemns ethnic killings New York, Apr 22 (IBNS): Opposition forces in South Sudan killed "hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians" after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week, the United Nations confirmed on Monday, calling for an immediate stop to the targeting of "innocent, unarmed" civilians. 22-Apr-2014
Iraq: UN denounces attack on university New York, Apr 22 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has denounced the "vicious and cowardly" suicide attack that took place on Sunday against the Imam Kadhim University in the capital, Baghdad. 22-Apr-2014
UN warns Syria against holding election New York, Apr 22 (IBNS): Urging Syrian authorities to reconsider plans to conduct a presidential election in early June, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi on Monday pledged to continue to seek and build on any opportunity to resolve the country's three-year civil war. 22-Apr-2014
MH192 returns safely to Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Apr 21 (IBNS): Malaysia Airlines on Monday said its flight MH192, which departed Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 10.09 pm bound for Bangalore earlier, had turned back and landed safely in KLIA on Monday. 21-Apr-2014
South Korean ferry sinking: Death toll t Seoul, Apr 20 (IBNS) More bodies were recovered on Sunday from inside the capsized South Korean ferry taking the death toll to 56, media reports said. 20-Apr-2014
7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, Apr 19 (IBNS): A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday. 20-Apr-2014
South Korea ferry: Death toll touches 32 Seoul, Apr 19 (IBNS): The death toll in the ferry sinking tragedy in South Korea on Wednesday touched 32 on Saturday, media reports said. 19-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UNSC condemns latest attack New York, Apr 19 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel. 19-Apr-2014
Strong earthquake hits Mexico Mexico City, Apr 18 (IBNS): A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 on the richter scale rocked central and southern Mexico on Friday. 18-Apr-2014
S Korea: Arrest warrant sought for ferry Seoul, Apr 18 (IBNS): Prosecutors in South Korea have asked a court to issue an arrest warrant against the captain of the ferry which sank earlier this week leaving above 20 people killed, media reports said on Friday. 18-Apr-2014
Western Sahara: UN announces resumption New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency announced on Thursday that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed. 18-Apr-2014
Kenya: UN disturbed by arrests of Somali New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): The United Nations on Thursday voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month. 18-Apr-2014
UN urges fresh talks with besieged Syria New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Thursday urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed. 18-Apr-2014
Gaza: UN calls for end to Israeli blocka New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): On his first official visit to the Gaza Strip, the new head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East underscored the need to lift the seven-year Israeli blockade and end the "illegal collective punishment" unleashed on the population there. 18-Apr-2014
South Sudan: Ban condemns attack on UN b New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Thursday's attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside. 18-Apr-2014
Geneva: Ban welcomes initial talks to de New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation remains 'extremely volatile.' 18-Apr-2014
CAR: Ban calls on all parties to end fig New York, Apr 18 (IBNS): On the heels of his recent visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), where the deadly rift between Christians and Muslims continues to widen, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday in a radio message appealed to all Central Africans to build a unified country through peace. 18-Apr-2014
UN urges UK to address violence against New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said on Wednesday after a two-week mission to the country. 17-Apr-2014
Nigeria: UN seeks immediate release of a New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria on Tuesday and called for their immediate release. 17-Apr-2014
Argentina violated rights of prisoner wi New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): A United Nations human rights panel said on Wednesday that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation. 17-Apr-2014
UNSC marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan g New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of on Wednesday's conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains "lagging and elusive." 17-Apr-2014
UN seeks emergency funds to aid civilian New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners on Wednesday launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last December. 17-Apr-2014
South Sudan: UN concerned over swelling New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): Spiraling violence has forced an increasing number of civilians in South Sudan's oil-rich Unity state are seeking refuge with the United Nations peacekeeping mission, it was confirmed on Wednesday. 17-Apr-2014
Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): Disaster risk reduction and climate change are closely linked, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stressed, reiterating to the world community his key priorities through the next year as preparations continue for the 2015 world conference on reducing risk from natural disasters. 17-Apr-2014
DR Congo: UN condemns attack on Virunga New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): A senior United Nations official on Wednesday condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. 17-Apr-2014
Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks entire c New York, Apr 17 (IBNS): The ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, if not addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the rest of the country, a senior United Nations human rights official warned the Security Council on Wednesday, as he also urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence. 17-Apr-2014
South Korea: 4 killed in ferry sinking Seoul, Apr 16 (IBNS) At least four people were killed as a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, media reports said. 16-Apr-2014
Chile: UN offers support after devastati New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday voiced deep concern over the destruction caused by fires that have been raging around Valparaiso and pledged to help safeguard the Chilean city's historic sites. 16-Apr-2014
Ukraine: UN urges halt to propaganda, in New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): While corruption and widespread inequality were among the root causes of the massive street protests that erupted last year in Ukraine, the fear-mongering and incitement to hatred that have followed must be urgently countered to avoid further escalation of tensions in the country, states a United Nations human rights report issued on Tuesday. 16-Apr-2014
UN urges Israel to prevent takeover of W New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): An independent United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle. 16-Apr-2014
UN condemns ongoing violence in South Su New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba on Tuesday. 16-Apr-2014
UN lauds Bulgaria's effort to improve co New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): The United Nations refugee agency applauded on Tuesday the "significant efforts" made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country. 16-Apr-2014
Pepsi joins Coke in support to protect r New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Tuesday that PepsiCo has joined the Coca-Cola Company in giving its official support to a set of global guidelines that protect the rights of poor and vulnerable people to land, livelihoods and food security. 16-Apr-2014
Mexico: Ban urges renewed global partner New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all. 16-Apr-2014
UN launches guide to mobilizing action f New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): "Your deeds will have an impact...be the new leaders of change," United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged on Tuesday during an event launching the book, 'Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!'. 16-Apr-2014
Libya: UNSC condemns abduction of Jordan New York, Apr 16 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) strongly condemned Tuesday's attack in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver. 16-Apr-2014
UN hails treaty allowing children to lod New York, Apr 15 (IBNS): United Nations child rights experts on Monday hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged violations of their rights. 15-Apr-2014
UN urges less military spending, more in New York, Apr 15 (IBNS): Marking the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the United Nations independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order called on all governments to boost transparency and cuts in military expenditures, and increase investments in nutrition, health, environmental protection and other major sustainable development challenges. 15-Apr-2014
UN condemns rampant use of torture by Sy New York, Apr 15 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights chief on Monday condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups. 15-Apr-2014
UN urges help for people of Central Afri New York, Apr 15 (IBNS): More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport - the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open. 15-Apr-2014
Syria: UN urges efforts as chemical weap New York, Apr 15 (IBNS): Concerned that Syria has missed the Apr 13 deadline to remove most of its chemical agents, the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) says that it expects "an intensification of efforts" towards meeting the goal of removing all the country"s chemical weapons by the end of the month. 15-Apr-2014
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